Stab I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 52 - Stab I./JG52

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Stab I./JG52 <<+ Wolfgang Ewald Coquelles France Sep 2 1940

Photo 01: Seated on the cockpit sill of his Bf 109E at Coquelles, on 2 September, is Hptm. Wolfgang Ewald of I./JG52. In this photograph, Ewald had only moments earlier returned from a sortie over England; in the background another Bf 109 may be seen still taxiing to its parking position. On this day Ewald claimed his first aerial victory since fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Ewald was Gruppenkommandeur of l./JG52 from 27 August 1940 to April 1942, when he became Kommandeur of lll./JG3. When shot down by Russian AA guns and taken prisoner on 14 July 1943, Ewald had a total of 78 aerial victories.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 Stab I./JG52 (1+ France 1940-41

Profle 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 of JG52, '<1+' of JG52 exhibited some interesting markings. The aircraft was finished in an 02/71 camouflage with what appears to be a light mottling of 02 on the fuselage sides. The cowling, probably also the spinner and the rear half of the rudder, was painted yellow. While the black chevron was thinly outlined in white with a further black edging, the number '1' has no border. The JG52 emblem beneath the windscreen is a silver and black winged sword superimposed on a black and red shield. A rear-view mirror was fitted to the top of the windscreen framework.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Stab I./JG52 (1+ France 1940-41

Photo 01: An interestingly marked Bf 109E-4 of JG52. In addition to the yellow cowling, note that only the rear half of the rudder has been painted yellow. The use of numerals in addition to Stab markings was a feature often seen on Luftwaffe fighter aircraft and most frequently on the machines of JG52. This combination of number and symbol is believed to have been employed by units which applied a single chevron to indicate a Stab aircraft rather than the adjutant's machine.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG52 (1+ 'Chevron Black 1' belly landed France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG52 (1+ 'Chevron Black 1' belly landed France and a lot of curious peolpe have come to check out what happened.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 Stab I./JG52 (2+ France 1940-41

Stab III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 52 - Stab III./JG52

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4/B Stab III./JG 52 ((+~ Gotthard Handrick based Molaoi Crete 1941

Photo's 01-02: During 'Merkur', II./JG77 was withdrawn to rest and, in order to bolster the depleted III./JG77, III./JG52 moved from Bucharest to Molaoi but arrived only in the later stages of the conquest of Crete. Here, the machine flown by the Kommandeur of III./JG52, Major Gotthard Handrick, is being inspected at Molaoi by members of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E4/B Stab III./JG 52 (+~ Balkans 1941

 
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Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Wolfgang 'Pequeno' (Tiny) Ewald

Units: Legion Condor, Stfkpt 2./JG-52, Acting Kdr I./JG-52 (11/39), Kdr III./JG-3 (5/42 Russia)

Awards: RK(12/9/42), Spanish Cross-G, DK-G(10/3/42), EP(9/10/42), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 '<<+' (9/40 Coquelles) & F, Bf 109G-4 WNr 14859 'Black<<-' (1/43), Bf 109G-6 WNr 20220 'Black <<+' (lost 7/14/43)

Remarks: Channel pilot. One victory in Spain. His first victory, during the BOB, a Hurricane on 27 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, his 2nd & 3rd overall, both R-Z's on 20 May, 1942. A Soviet triple, his 5th 6th & 7th on 12 June, 1942; two MiG-1's and a Pe-2. A Soviet double on 28 June, 1942, a Lagg-3 and a Pe-2. A MiG-3 on 17 July, 1942. A MiG-1 on 24 July, 1942. Two Pe-2's N of Aksaj on 6 August, 1942. Two LaGG-3's on 23 August, 1942; one N of Popowiskaja, the other SW of Leninsk. A Soviet Hurricane NNW of Stalingrad on 30 August, 1942. A Yak-3 SW of Stalingrad on 4 September, 1942. An Il-2 at Prudkj on 9 September, 1942. Three P-40's and a Boston III on 8 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. An Il-2 and a MiG-3 on 7 July, 1943. An Il-2 and a MiG-3 on 8 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 11 July, 1943. 2 victories in the West. Russian POW. Shot down 14 July, 1943 by Russian AA gunners (or friendly flak) in his G-6 and was held prisoner for long years. His imprisonment, along with that of his Adj, Einsiedel, deepened the animosity between the two. Deceased 24 February, 1995

Wolfgang Ewald (26 March 1911 – 24 February 1995) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

One of the most enduring actions Ewald took part in was a strafing attack on RAF Manston during the Battle of Britain. The attack took place on 18 August 1940, known as The Hardest Day. Three fighters were destroyed, and six were damaged in the attack. Wolfgang Ewald was shot down by Soviet flak in July 1943 during the Battle of Kursk. He was taken prisoner and was held until 1949. During his career was credited with 78 aerial victories, 1 in the Spanish Civil War, 1 on the Western Front and 76 on the Eastern Front.

Awards

  1. Flugzeugführerabzeichen
  2. Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  3. Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (21 September 1942)
  4. Iron Cross (1939)
    2nd Class
    1st Class
  5. German Cross in Gold (3 October 1942)
  6. Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
    Knight's Cross on 9 December 1942 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[1]

Citations

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 148.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939–1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 68 aerial victories for Wolfgang Ewald

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
02-Sep-40 Wolfgang Ewald Stab I./JG52   18.25  
27-Sep-40 Wolfgang Ewald Stab I./JG52   13.30  
20-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 R-Zet   03.49  
20-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 R-Zet   03.51  
28-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1      
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1 2000m 10.30 70 224
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1 2000m 10.35 70 224
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2 3000m 10.42 70 123
13-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 LaGG-3      
22-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 LaGG-3   04.00  
22-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2   10.15  
24-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2   15.20  
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   12.05  
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   19.09  
01-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 2000m 17.26 Stary Oshkol
17-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   19.03  
24-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-1   11.25  
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1 500m 11.40 N Peselasovskiy
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Pe-2 Low Level 10.55 N Aksaj
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Pe-2 Low Level 10.58 N Aksaj
13-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 Low Level 17.43 E Kalatsch
19-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   10.50 40 821
23-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   05.40 N Popowiskaja
23-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   05.55 SW Leninsk
24-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3   17.30 N Leninsk
25-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   11.05 Stalingrad
30-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3   09.25 NNW Stalingrad
31-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   17.15 N Sarepta
31-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   17.23 NE Leninsk
01-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.48 West of Stalingrad
04-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   15.40 SW Stalingrad
07-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   15.52 N Bhf Kotluban
09-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.38 Prudki
10-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   11.20 S Kalatsch
14-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   09.45 Stalingrad
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   17.00 E Stalingrad
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   17.07 NE Bhf Kotluban
01-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06.25 NE Bhf Kotluban
01-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06.30 S Bhf Jwanowka
17-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   09.12 NE Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.12 Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.32 Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.36 Beketowka
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   11.15 SE Stalingrad
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.15 Bhf Bassargino
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.00 West of Sarepta
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.04 West of Sarepta
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.07 SW Sarepta
02-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   10.14 Achtuba
02-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-1   12.54 Achtuba
10-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   13.10 S Dubowka
01-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 1800m 09.02 15km N Bhf Tshir
02-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 10.02 4932
02-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 10.15 4912
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 2500m 19.55 3961
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 2500m 10.00 3962
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 1500m 10.12 2943
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 A-20 Boston III 5000m 13.07 3915
16-Mar-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-7 2000m 14.25 19 872
02-May-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   15.10  
05-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 200m 03.50 61 19
05-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 07.28 61 681
07-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 03.50 61 69
07-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 600m 10.42 62 78
08-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 10.12 62 763
08-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 1000m 18.42 62 79
09-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 Low Level 09.27 62 824
11-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-5 1500m 13.32 62 87

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick - Gotthardt 'Otto' Handrick

Units: Kdr j/88 Legion Condor, Stfkpt 2/J 88, Kdr I./JG-26(7/38), Kdr II./JG-51 (1/40), Kdr JG-26 (7/40), Jafu Mittelrhein

Awards: Spanish Cross, DK-G(10/17/43), EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109B-2, Bf 109D-1 'Black 6x56' in J/88, Bf 109D in EJG-Merseburg, Bf 109E-1 (9/39 Odendorf)

Remarks: Winner of the modern Pentathlon in the 1936 Olympics. 5 victories in Spain. Adolf Galland replaced Handrick on 22 August, 1940. Channel pilot. He was also known to have served in JG-77 and EJG-Merseburg in October, 1940. Handrick finished the war, after many staff positions, as an Oberst in command of the 8th Jagddivision in Romania. Magnus, 2 victories. Bowers/Lednicer, 20 victories.

Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick (25 October 1908 – 30 May 1978) was a German Olympic athlete and German fighter pilot.

Gotthard Handrick received his Abitur (diploma) in 1929 and the joined the military service of the Reichswehr. He won the Gold medal in the Modern pentathlon at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. As a fighter pilot, he participated in Spanish Civil War and claimed 5 aerial victories while flying for the Legion Condor. During World War II he claimed another 10 victories[1] while serving in the German military, earning him the German Cross in Gold on 17 October 1943.[2]

In mid-1937 Handrick was put in charge of the Luftwaffe Jagdgruppe 88 (18 July 1937 – 10 September 1938) and assumed command of I./JG 26 (1 May 1939 – 23 June 1940) after his return from Spain in 1938.[3] On 24 June 1940, the command of the Jagdgeschwader 26 was handed over to Major Handrick, who passed command of I./JG 26 to Kurt Fischer.[4]

After the war he worked in Hamburg as a representative of Daimler-Benz.[5]

Citations

  1. Toliver & Constable, page 397
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 163.
  3. Caldwell 1991. p. 4.
  4. Caldwell 1991. p. 8.
  5. Mandell 1987, online Preface xiii

Bibliography

  • Caldwell, Donald L. (1991). JG 26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe. Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1050-6.
  • Forsyth Robert (2011). Aces of the Legion Condor. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84908-347-8.
  • Mandell, Richard D. (1987). The Nazi Olympics. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-01325-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 - 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Toliver, Raymond F. and Constable, Trevor J. (1998). Das waren die Deutschen Jagdflieger-Asse 1939-1945 (in German). Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-193-0.

 

 Some of the most widely used Book References:

  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase One: July-August 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 1) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Eddie J Creek (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Two: August-September 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 2) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Three: September-October 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 3) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Four: November 1940-June 1941 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 4) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)

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